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HTML5 Multimedia Development Cookbook by Lee Jordan, Dale Cruse

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Understanding audio and video file formats

There are plenty of different audio and video file formats. These files may include not just video but also audio and metadata — all in one file. These file types include:

  • .avi - A blast from the past, the Audio Video Interleave file format was invented by Microsoft. Does not support most modern audio and video codecs in use today.
  • .flv - Flash video. This used to be the only video file format Flash fully supported. Now it also includes support for .mp4.
  • .mp4 or .mpv - MPEG4 is based on Apple's QuickTime player and requires that software for playback.

How it works...

Each of the previously mentioned video file formats require a browser plugin or some sort of standalone software for playback. Next, we'll look ...

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